Saluki Marooned by Robert P. Rickman

One Way to Promote SIU!

Who among us wouldn't love to zip back in time to re-live a day or two of our college years?

SIU Air2
Campus Lake, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

If you attended Southern Illinois University in the 1970s,  I've found a way: Buckle up and break open Saluki Marooned, a rollicking time travel novel by Robert P. Rickman, an SIU grad himself (Class of '74).


The overpass looked the same is it did 38-years before.



Short of building your own time machine, it’s the best way I know of to get back.     One day in the 21st century, Rickman’s protagonist wakes up to find himself...



"I turned around, and there was Bailey Hall in all of its 1950's glory..." Peter Federson in Saluki Marooned.

. this 20-year old skin–mustache and all--in his SIU dorm. Marooned on campus. He wonders what the hell is going on -- while marveling at everything he sees.   You’ll see it too because writing in the present tense, Rickman weaves a highly textured tapestry of what life was like back then: bellbottoms, jeans, rock music, environmental teach-ins, anti-war riots, and student radio stations to name a few.



.They’re the backdrop for a terrific tale about the universe giving one man a second chance – and the decisions we’d make if we were able to do it all over ahead.

The Strip, Carbondale, Il. May 1970.
The Strip, Carbondale, Il. May 1970.


Rickman fills his tale with richly drawn characters, and his meticulous research brought back so much local color I’d forgotten – the shape of campus lecture halls, the stacks at Morris Library, the clubs, pizza parlors, and bars we went to -- and our quirky fellow students who inhabited that magical place.

Lawson Hall at SIU.
Mr. Fader wore black Bermuda shorts, knee socks and sported a jaunty 1926 Chicago Cubs baseball cap on his wide head. He was Peters algebra instructor. and held class at Lawson Hall  He was a great teacher when the Cubs won.  But when they lost...
Marta was a pot-smoking, bubble blowing, air head of a hippy who played with her Jello.   But they were all critical experiments. ..CLICK.

I absolutely loved Saluki Marooned -- so much so, I slowed down my reading to stretch it out as long as possible. Now that’s a book that grabs you.

Bob Smith

Thanks much Bob!  Bob is still bouncing along, and still very active in radio.

Bob Smith WSIU Saluki Marooned
Bob Smith on WSIU radio 1973. CLICK on the EV-666 mic. and hear what he's doing now.


WSIU-TV Evening Report Rickman

The author on WSIU-TV circa 1973. See what he's doing now. CLICK on the RCA BK-5 mic.







Paul and Virginia, with pedestrian overpass in the background. Read about an unusual couple and a unique university
Paul and Virginia, with the pedestrian overpass in the background. Read about an unusual couple at a major university...that never should have been.  CLICK the statue.

Leave a Reply